The victim, local man Thomas Mallaby, was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary for emergency treatment but he sadly died as a result of his injuries yesterday afternoon (September 28). His wife and family are currently being supported by specialist officers.
A 15-year-old male was arrested on Monday in connection with the incident. He has been interviewed by officers from Durham Constabulary’s Major Crime Team and released on bail while further enquiries are carried out.
Detective Superintendent Dave Ashton, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a truly tragic incident, and my thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Mallaby following their devastating loss.